SSP2016 - Model Rocket Launch
International Space University conducts an annual rocketry launch competition during eash Space Studies program. participants from ISU's Engineering department are divided into international teams of four to design, construct and fly a rocket that will meet a set of difficult requirements for altitude, payload, data capture, and design style.
Each team designs a unique rocket from a limited selection of body tubes, nose cones, rocket motors and other components, aided by computer design and simulation programs. Each rocket design passes several safety checks before it is certified to fly in the competition.
And, as with any competition, there is only a single winner - Will the rocket attain the correct altitude? Will the fragile payload be returned safely? Will the vehicle fly straight and stable? It is a real-world challenge and the team with the best performance will be recognized for their hard work.